Being an independent musician is something you do because you love it. You don’t do it for the fortune or glory because there really isn’t any, and you don’t do it in hopes of being a rock star some day, at least not at my age.
The indie musician creates music because there is an inner drive to get a song playing in your heart recorded and into the ears of other people. You create music because people hear it, then talk to you and email you and message you to say they related to it, it meant something special to them, and they want to share it with others. The reward of creating is in sharing, and as a pastor, writer and musician my ultimate goal is always to point others towards Christ.
It has always been a dream of mine to release a Christmas album, and I am blessed to say I have now done it, done it on my terms, and done it in a way that is musically honest to who I am as a musician. It may or may not sound like a lot of other Christmas albums, but it sounds like the one that has been playing in my head for years, and I am glad to have it recorded to share with whoever is willing to listen. It is a musically diverse album, involves contributions form my family, and really covers the spectrum of emotions surrounding Christmas.
I am truly feeling this festive album, the punchy “We Three Kings,” “I saw Three Ships Come Sailing In,” and the funky “It’s Christmas Time.” They all make for a wonderful holiday album. “Born is the King” is also a family album, with an instrumental, “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear” featuring Jana Soroski and “In the Bleak Midwinter,” featuring Rachael Soroski on vocals. These two, as well as the others led by Jason, combine to make for a decent holiday offering. There is also an acoustic guitar instrumental called “Snowflakes and Streetlamps” that I find very appealing. Overall, “Born is the King” is a well-rounded Christmas album with a very traditional style. I particularly like how the family was involved in the recording.
– Ken W. AlphaOmegaNews.org